Costa Rica Romance: Beach to Volcano

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  • Costa Rica

  • Couples Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Romantic

  • Local Food

a lush jungle path near the ocean
Curator’s statement

Costa Rica is where our journey as a married couple began. The sunsets on tranquil beaches and the awe-inspiring presence of volcanoes created the perfect backdrop for our honeymoon. Its vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes filled our days with romance, making Costa Rica forever etched in our hearts as the place where our love story unfolded.

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Nayara Tented Camps

Spectacular safari-style tents with private plunge pools, perched hilltop overlooking Arenal Volcano.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Where pristine beaches meet lush rainforests, creating the ultimate beachfront escape.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Hotel Nantipa - A Tico Beach Experience

Lush villas and bungalows wedged un-imposingly in the Costa Rican oceanside featuring stylish design and a sustainable perspective perfect for the conscious traveler.

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Day 1: Arrival in Paradise

Fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport and embark on a charming adventure as you board a tiny aircraft to Tambor Airport, a quaint airstrip immersed in the beauty of Costa Rica. Upon arrival, let a private driver whisk you away to your beachfront hotel Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort. Drop off your bags and unwind—after a long day of travel, the serene sounds of the ocean beckon you to embrace the tranquility of this tropical haven. Welcome to Costa Rica!

Day 2: Tropical Bliss Begins

Beach sunset

Awaken to a delightful breakfast adorned with the freshest fruits—papaya and pineapple—adding a burst of Costa Rican flavors to your morning. Don't forget a cup of the daily elixir, fresh Costa Rican coffee, to kickstart your day.

With a piña colada in hand, venture down to the beach. Let the sun kiss your skin as you listen to the rhythmic crash of the waves. Be cautious; these waves mean business. Explore the nooks of your beachfront haven and cool off with a dip in the inviting pool. Embrace the island time mindset, savoring every moment of tranquility in this coastal paradise, even if you're not on an island.

Day 3: Waterfall Adventure

Feeling adventurous? Embark on a hike to Catarata El Chorro, a nearby waterfall that gracefully cascades into the ocean. Experience the thrill of standing at its summit, where the panoramic views are simply breathtaking.

Keep your eyes peeled on the treetops; you might spot playful monkeys swinging or a sloth lounging in the branches. As the day winds down, catch the mesmerizing sunset. Relax in the tranquility of this natural haven, savoring the moments when the sun bids farewell to the Pacific.

Day 4: Beachside Bliss

Costa Rican Coffee

Saddle up for a romantic horseback ride along the pristine shoreline, immersing yourself in the coastal beauty. Indulge in a beachfront dining experience, savoring delectable flavors with the ocean as your backdrop.

As night falls, gather around a bonfire on the beach. Let the crackling flames and the gentle sound of the waves create the perfect ambiance for a cozy evening together.

Day 5: Tranquil Retreat

Cocktail with Volcano

Spend the day in ultimate relaxation. Sway in a hammock with a refreshing strawberry daiquiri in hand, indulging in the pages of a good book as the gentle sea breeze lulls you into serenity.

Later, treat yourselves to a couples massage, allowing the skilled hands to melt away any lingering tension.

Day 6: Mountain Retreat

A bonfire on the sand on a dark night

Bid farewell to the beach paradise as you pack up, ready to soar back into the clouds on the tiny plane. Fly back to Juan Santamaría International Airport, where a friendly driver awaits. If he's anything like ours, expect a delightful road trip with Imperial beers and maduritos, the perfect snack for the journey.

Check into Nayara Tented Camp, a haven nestled in the mountains. Your room, adorned with a private pool fed by hot springs and a rainforest shower, promises a luxurious retreat. Upon arrival, indulge in a warm welcome with chocolate-covered fruit and a fully stocked bar—all included in your stay.

Day 7: Volcanic Awakening

Ziplining in Rica

As the morning sun illuminates the volcanic landscape, wake up to breathtaking views at Amor Arenal. Indulge in a delicious and fresh breakfast, complete with mimosas and what can only be described as the best coffee ever. Enjoy a morning yoga class, complimentary every day of your stay.

Take the time to explore the beautiful grounds of the hotel, where lush landscapes and serene surroundings invite you to embrace the tranquility of the mountains.

Day 8: Poolside Paradise

Immerse yourself in relaxation as you take a refreshing dip in the heated pool, complete with a swim-up bar and restaurant. Indulge in custom-crafted cocktails, each sip a tropical symphony, perfectly paired with delicious Costa Rican cuisine.

Let the poolside paradise become the backdrop for a day filled with flavorful delights and leisurely moments.

Day 9: Soaring Heights

Embark on an exhilarating adventure at Sky Adventures, where you'll zip line from the top of a mountain. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you soar through the air, surrounded by panoramic views of the majestic Arenal volcano.

Experience the thrill of this unique perspective, where the lush rainforest and the active volcano create a backdrop for an unforgettable day of high-flying excitement.

Day 10: Farewell Costa Rica

With hearts full of memories and suitcases packed with the essence of Costa Rican adventures, bid farewell to this tropical haven. Head back to Juan Santamaría International Airport, cherishing the experiences of beachside bliss, mountain serenity, and the vibrant spirit of this extraordinary journey.

As you embark on your journey home, carry with you the echoes of Pura Vida—the pure life—embraced in every moment of your unforgettable Costa Rican honeymoon. Until the next adventure, adiós Costa Rica!

Need to Know

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